Ballet 5:8's program Compass returns to the stage this spring in cities across the nation. Made up of four individual one-act ballets, one of the great things about Compass is its variety - both for the audience and the dancers! The works in Compass represent a wide range of movement styles, emotion and stories told, so there is truly something for everyone watching. Throughout this 2017/18 Season, we'll be checking in with the dancers to hear about their experiences preparing for and performing Compass: Navigating Cultural Tension with Compassion.
Company Apprentice Morgan Kelly
Q. What role(s) have you been dancing?
A. I have been dancing as one of the 3 daughters.
Q. How would you describe The Mother?
A. The Mother is a ballet based on a poem by Gwendolyn Brooks. In this poem, Gwendolyn explains her struggle with the decisions she made to have abortions in the past. I would describe the ballet as a mother's struggle with her past and the pain of what could have been.
Q. Describe the movement. What has been easy to capture and perform? Challenging?
A. The movement is the most contemporary out of the bill this season. The emotion needed for this piece and the gravity of the topic is what makes the piece difficult to portray.
Q. What do you most enjoy about the work?
A. I enjoy having the opportunity to perform in pieces that spark conversations.
Q. Why see The Mother?
A. Come see The Mother if you want to watch a poem put to movement. The Mother is a very thought-provoking piece, encouraging honest conversations.